This can be a bit of a touchy subject, and pure opinion through my own experience (I was an overweight PT), and in discussions with many clients now on better paths.
The chances of feeling good about yourself is greatly improved from being able to control a healthy body composition. Now obviously I am not talking about having a six pack year round, but I am referring to feeling comfortable in your own skin. This is including wearing the clothes you wish to wear without the need of buying another size up, because you have no control over your weight.
I am a strong believer that the majority of people sign up to a gym in the first place to feel better, move better, and drop a bit of unwanted weight.
You know what….it’s not really a “belief”, its a fact. Out of many fitness clubs I have worked in, the biggest contributor to people joining and staying with the gym, was to feel better about themselves and lose some weight.
Working with regular gym members and going into detail with their life, it is typically found that their current unhealthy body composition is leading to poor health. Alongside the weight concerns most have little daily energy, leading them to not being able to reach their goals, even though they are attending many of the classes offered.
Now obviously there are many factors that involve “making you feel good”, but having a body composition that allows you to feel good, move well and have energy throughout the day, really does go a long way.
Unfortunately what is prescribed within the industry is this “go hard or go home” approach. I bet you any money you go to your local gym class, and they will have someone at the front teaching you how to get “fit”.
“Do as I say, not as I do”.
“Come on go harder!”
“Sweat is fat crying” (this one is horrible)
“Rip the muscle off the bone!” (hahaha I even used this one)
This type of mentality prescribed in gyms unfortunately is all too often. People coming to the gym too better their health and quality of life with “fitness professionals” reinforcing that the only priority is to workout more, harder and you can eat anything you desire “as long as you are in a calorie deficit”.
I can not count the amount of times I have come across this.
Exercising within the group setting there is always an essence of competitiveness which in small amounts could be warranted. The problem is, it’s on the regular and people trying their best to get fitter and healthier will not be attending just one class a week. Typically these people are known to push themselves to do as many as they can… (leading to the inevitable burn out or the no results training intensity zone). I talk about PE and AE here (perceived effort vs. actual effort, at the 2:41 mark)
Now let’s go back to what the majority want out of the gym.
“Feel good, have more energy and drop off a bit of weight.”
Exercising at an untamed intensity every time you go to the gym (which is what most gym classes provide), is highly likely to make these goals harder to reach.
If you are someone going to a regular gym class right now, you need to ask yourself, is it really the fact that you don’t workout hard or often enough to be the reason for not gaining the results you want…?
You want to “feel good”, working at an intensity that leaves you sore for days is not going to make you feel good.
“Have more energy”, working out hard or even just slightly harder than your body should be, will not provide you with more energy. In fact you probably will feel more tired with an even higher chance of refuelling these workouts the wrong way, giving you zero in the results section.
“Lose a bit of weight”, if the way to weight loss was through exercise, you would not find a regular gym member that goes to every class each week, with an ounce of body fat on them. Let’s be realistic, that’s just not the case is it (this also includes overweight fitness instructors, if it all come down to “no pain, no gain” and just exercise yourself to weight loss results, we wouldn’t see overweight personal trainers).
Why am I saying this?
Because there are way too many people in the gym every single day trying their very best, pushing themselves, and really giving it their all within these recommended workouts, and seeing very little in return.
Within majority of gyms, the same total amount of people joining, will usually equal the same amount of people leaving (yes this actually happens).
I can not imagine the people leaving have hit their goals, in fact it’s probably because they tried and went around in circles and could not find sustainable balance.
What is perceived to make you fit and healthy (HIIT class and just “go into a calorie deficit”), is the very last thing a busy person needs in their program to improve health and quality of life.
If your effort is high, and your reward is not matching this effort, it’s time for you to re-think your strategy.
You do not have time to waste if you are a regular person like me.
Our purpose here at Morris Method coaching is to help busy people achieve results that enhance the quality of your health and life without you running around in circles and going to the gym with zero in return. It really does not have to be that hard or “intense”.
Reach out, we are always happy to just have a conversation to help.